Scholarly biography and interests 

Dr Kate Aughterson's interests focus on seventeenth-century drama, notably with regard to gender and literature, sexuality and literature, performance culture. She is the author of Renaissance Woman; The English Renaissance: An Anthology of Documents; John Webster: The Tragedies; and Aphra Behn: The Comedies, as well as articles on Bacon, Middleton, Behn and Marston. Thematically both her teaching and research interests cross disciplinary boundaries, linking scientific, textual, philosophical and political discourses.

Kate’s most recent work on theatre, performance and gender has been on Aphra Behn and her context, building on the well-received publication of her her Aphra Behn: The Comedies in 2003. She has a forthcoming chapter on Behn’s adaptations of Middleton and Marston plays in the restoration in Aphra Behn: The Seventeenth-Century Contexts (Ashgate, 2017); one on seventeenth-century women poets’ use of the child-birth topoi; and is part of a collaborative enterprise of feminist scholars led by Professor Elaine Hobby who will be editing the complete works of Aphra Behn for Cambridge University Press. Kate will be editing Behn’s The Lucky Chance, and The Revenge, should modern computational methods definitively identify it as Behn’s work. 

Kate turned to literature after studying history for a year at Oxford, and gained her doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1990 on the philosopher Sir Francis Bacon. She  taught art history at the City and Guilds of London Art school, and English literature at the University of Central England before moving to Brighton, with a focus primarily on the English renaissance. She is currently Academic Programme Leader for Literature, Media and Screen at Brighton Univesity. 

Research Activity

Number of items: 24.

Aughterson, Kate (2020) Smith, Thomas In: Sgarbi, Marco, ed. Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy. Springer, New York. ISBN 9783319141688

Grant Ferguson, Ailsa and Aughterson, Kate (2019) Shakespeare and Gender Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury, London.

Aughterson, Kate (2018) Absented Women’s Voices: Problematising Masculinity in Jim Crace’s Fiction In: Aughterson, Kate and Shaw, Katy, eds. Jim Crace: Into the Wilderness. Palgrave, London.

Aughterson, Kate and Shaw, Katy (2018) Jim Crace: Into the Wilderness [Edited Collections]

Aughterson, Kate (2018) An Interview with Jim Crace In: Aughterson, Kate and Shaw, Katy, eds. Jim Crace: Into the Wilderness. Palgrave, London.

Aughterson, Kate (2018) "As for mine”: Aphra Behn and Adaptations of City Comedies Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, 31 (2). ISSN 0034-5822

Aughterson, Kate (2018) 'Too hot, Too hot': The Rhetorical Poetics of Soliloquies in Shakespeare's Late Plays In: Cousins, A.C. and Derrin, Daniel, eds. Shakespeare and the Soliloquy in Early Modern English Drama. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781316779118

Aughterson, Kate (2017) Introduction to Margaret Tyler’s translation of The Mirror of Princely Deeds and Knighthood [Digital and visual media]

Aughterson, Kate (2016) M(i)s representing Utopia: from More to Atwood In: Teaching 21st Century Genres. Teaching The New English . Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 9781137553898

Moriarty, Jessica and Aughterson, Kate (2016) Journal of Writing and Creative Practice special edition: Writing Place: Post-Industrial Landscapes [Edited Collections]

Aughterson, Kate (2016) Review of Staging the Revolution: Drama, Reinvention, History, 1647-72. By Rachel Willie Modern Language Review, 112 (2). ISSN 0026-7937

Aughterson, Kate (2016) 'I will tell you the beginning....': Dramaturgy and Politics in Shakespeare's Opening Scenes London, Rose Theatre, Kingston.

Aughterson, Kate (2014) The Courtesan and the Bed: Successful Tricking in Middleton's A Mad World, my Masters Modern Language Review, 109 (2). pp. 333-356. ISSN 0026-7937

Aughterson, Kate (2013) Shakespeare: the late plays Analysing texts . Palgrave, London. ISBN 9780230368637

Aughterson, Kate (2013) Roaring Boys and Weeping Men: radical masculinity in Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi In: Philips, Deborah and Shaw, Katy, eds. Literary Politics: The Politics of Literature and the Literature of Politics. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 45-64. ISBN 9781137270139

Aughterson, Kate (2013) 'Isham, Elizabeth (bap.1608, d.1654)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Aughterson, Kate (2009) “Going the Way of All Flesh”: Masculinity as Vice in The Dutch Courtesan Cahiers Élisabéthains, 76. pp. 21-33. ISSN 0184-7678

Aughterson, Kate (2008) Poor women in Shakespeare Review of English Studies, 59 (240). pp. 463-465. ISSN 0034-6551

Aughterson, Kate (2008) Book review of Fiona McNeil's Poor Women in Shakespeare Review of English Studies, 59 (240). pp. 463-465. ISSN 0034-6551

Aughterson, Kate (2003) 'Strange things so probably told’: gender, sexual difference and knowledge in Bacon's New Atlantis In: Price, Bronwen, ed. Francis Bacon's The new Atlantis: new interdisciplinary essays. Texts in culture . Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 156-179. ISBN 9780719060519

Aughterson, Kate (2003) Aphra Behn: the comedies Analysing texts . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 0333963210

Aughterson, Kate (2001) Webster: The Tragedies Analysing texts . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780333801307

Aughterson, Kate (1998) The English Renaissance: an anthology of sources and documents [Edited Collections]

Aughterson, Kate (1995) Renaissance woman: a sourcebook: constructions of femininity in England [Edited Collections]

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Kate Aughterson’s teaching content and style is intimately connected to her research interests: reading literary texts in the framework and context of the non-literary, and enabling students to develop their own reading, analytical and research skills for their own writing or performance. Reviews of her work (for example on Aphra Behn and on Renaissance Woman, and The English Renaissance) bear out the effectiveness of the connections between published research and effective and stimulating teaching practice.

Kate has been actively involved in the recent development, design and validation of the new English Literature BA(Hons) degree here at the University of Brighton.

Kate has pioneered a project-centred approach to teaching early modern writing, which encourages students to undertake individual research in the period, and work as a team to produce a book examining literature in context, the outputs of which have been commended by the external examiner.


Kate Aughterson responds to the student Literary Society project on her teaching and interpretation of a Shakespeare sonnet

Citations and reviews

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Review of essay “’Strange Things So Probably Told: Gender, Sexual Difference and Knowledge in Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis”, (2003) in Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis: New Interdisciplinary Essays, in Renaissance Quarterly 57 (2004): 1108-9:
"The three remaining essays seek to redefine our understanding of three crucial components of Bacon's text: natural knowledge, gender, and miracles. Richard Sarjeantson reminds us that we err in referring to Bacon's New Atlantis as a fiction of 'science,' since the latter word, though convenient, is anachronistic for the period. Instead, we should describe Bacon's fable as a one about 'natural knowledge,' drawn largely from magical, medical, and mechanical traditions. Bacon's complex use of the motif, metaphor, and concept of gender is the subject of Kate Aughterson's lucid discussion, which buries the tired notion that Bacon simply advocates the dominance of a masculine science or a feminine nature."

Nine references in: “Current Bibliography of the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences” 2003 Author(s): Stephen P. Weldon Source: Isis, Vol. 94, Current Bibliography 2003 (2003), pp. 1-193+195-275 Published by: The University of Chicago Press.
Regina M. Buccola “These So-Called Early Modern Women Writers": Strategies for Integrating Women Writers into English “The Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1 (Spring, 2003), pp. 147-154, shows how Renaissance Woman has been seminal in aiding classroom strategies and teaching of early modern gender.

Ian M. Borden  “Aphra Behn: The Comedies” (review) - Theatre Journal 59:2 Theatre Journal 59.2 (2007) 321-323 . Aphra Behn: The Comedies. By Kate Aughterson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003; pp. ix + 259. $65.00 cloth, $31.95 paper. “In Aphra Behn: The Comedies, part of the Palgrave Macmillan series Analyzing Texts, Kate Aughterson provides a remarkable teaching tool that leads the reader through a detailed textual analysis of three of Behn's plays, The Rover, The Feigned Courtesans, and The Lucky Chance. Aughterson has created an entertaining and effective guide to textual analysis, particularly in discovering political and social issues within a written work, as well as imagining how the play would read when staged. While the use of only three plays might seem to limit the scope of the work, instead it allows Aughterson to include large segments of text and an extremely thorough study of each.

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